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Cascade County Is Now The Largest COVID-19 Hotspot In Montana

Cascade County continues to see its number of COVID-19 cases rise and is now the largest hotspot in Montana. Cascade County Deputy Health Officer Bowen Trystianson says people ages 20 to 39 are by and large driving the growth in cases. There are also some workplace clusters cropping up.

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A sign outside of the Bitterroot Valley Community College in Hamilton, MT.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Trustees of the new Bitterroot Valley Community College district took their oath of office this week. They’re now preparing to build the state’s first independent community college in more than 50 years. 

President Donald Trump and then-Montana Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale at a July 5, 2018 campaign rally in Great Falls, MT.
Sally Mauk / Montana Public Radio

Montana Congressman Matt Rosendale joined with the majority of his party to oust Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from her post as the No. 3 U.S. House Republican leader, according to a spokesperson for Rosendale.

Cascade County continues to see its number of COVID-19 cases rise and is now the largest hotspot in Montana.

Cascade County Deputy Health Officer Bowen Trystianson says people ages 20 to 39 are by and large driving the growth in cases. There are also some workplace clusters cropping up.

School hallway.
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Gov. Greg Gianforte Wednesday signed into law a significant increase to a tax credit for donors to school choice scholarship programs. The program benefits both public and private schools, but the bill eases restrictions on what private schools are required to do in order to receive funding. 

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Ranky Tanky's Songs Are 'Soulful Honey To The Ears'

“A people blessed by God" is how Gullah speakers translate their Afro-English dialect's name. Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA are hotbeds of Gullah language, songs and stories, and the rich repertoire of the Charleston quintet Ranky Tanky doesn't disappoint: "ranky tanky" is Gullah for “get funky.” Singer Quiana Parler shares the band's origin story with John Floridis, and reflects on their 2020 Grammy win for Best Regional Roots Album.

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Internet Subsidy Gives $50 A Month Discounts For Low-Income Americans

Financially strapped American families are now eligible for an emergency discount on their internet service under a COVID-19 relief program that went into effect on Wednesday. The Emergency Broadband Benefit program from the Federal Communications Commission provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. It also gives low-income families a $100 discount for the purchase of a laptop...

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